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RATINGS: 1354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
On the palate this silky smooth ale is predominantly malty, with smoky, spicy and citrusy notes, and a long, lingering finish that is lightly tart and malty.

Editor’s note: Sold as both Corsendonk Christmas Ale and as King’s Blue in Norway.


DavefromChicago's rating

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2002
Big barley-wine aroma, full of malt, spicy hops and fruit. Pours a deep brown with modest head. Sweet, rich flavor with definite alcohol presence. Familiar tastes of raisins, chocolate, port wine. Well-balanced strong ale with a nice bitter finish. A definite keeper.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
benfergy (243) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - MAY 7, 2016
Has an aroma of grassy hops, fruit, and barrel aging, and as I sip I taste caramel malt; the taste has average sweetness and bitterness, but no sour; generally a decent beer (this bottle was old, so perhaps it’s not in best condition).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
donandres (276) - , Washington, USA - APR 30, 2016
11.2 ounce bottle to wine glass reddish brown, clear, medium tan head quickly head goes away Nose: malty with a hint of beries drink: berries come out tasty, medium bitter lively carbonation very good beer ok to repeat, look for Drank: April 30, 2016

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuedmaster (345) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2016
750 ml. bottle , marked best before Aug 17, 2018, from Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido for half off. Pour is dark ruby red with a decent tan head. Aroma of plum, sugar syrup, port, cherry, raisin, spices. You could call it plum holiday beer and it would be accurate. Malt forward but not too sweet, light bitter and slight sour. Medium body, sticky texture, lively carbonation, sweet/sour finish, slight smoke.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bergstaden (2158) - Røros, NORWAY - MAR 29, 2016
Amber with off white head - Malt aroma with hints of caramel and spice - Malty body with some notes of caramel and hints of hop and olso spicy hints from yeast - The malt goes into the finish - This was nice

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schytte (47) - - MAR 28, 2016
Den dufter godt, fin skum/udseende & smagen er god - En glimrende belgisk øl.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Swaroga (1954) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2016
Freshly opened it had intense aromas of red fruits, red apples, anise, lots of caramel and some little chocolate. After a while it makes me think of cocacola. The same in the taste. Some earthy notes to it with alcohol that is quite well hidden. The beer is well balanced but suffers from watery body. Not bad but not interesting neither.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2554) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2016
Dark amber/cider color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, yeast, fruit, & spice; Flavor of sweet malt, yeast, caramel, dark fruit, and spice; Nicely balanced; Solid.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padron4KM (782) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2016
250 ml bottle, best before Aug 2018. Hazy dark brown, lasting, tan head, nice lace.
Aroma is dark fruit, plum mostly, some raisin as well, citrus and spice.
Flavor is sweet and malty, fig, plum, spice, toffee.
Alcohol is hidden nicely.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gurthnar (4534) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 7, 2016
Bottle from Drinkshop. Alcohol hidden well. Deep brown clear colour. Small head disappearing instantly. Very rich malty aroma and flavour, with dried fruits, toffee, caramel, plums, sherry. Very easy drinking with alcohol hidden completely. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
holdleder (297) - Kongerslev, DENMARK - JAN 24, 2016
75 cl. champagne-flaske. 8,5 %. Fantastisk mørk juleøl, tilpas bitterhed. Dejlig blødhed og ikke for sprittet. superb.


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